OVERVIEW ON BUSANGA BUSH CAMP IN KAFUE
Busanga Bush Camp lies on the Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park, where extensive floodplains are interspersed with tree-islands and edged with miombo woodland. Kafue National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa. The Kafue is fed by the perennial Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue River. As the dry season progresses and the floodplains dry up, large herds of puku, lechwe and wildebeest begin to move onto the plains to graze, followed by a variety of other plains game ranging from zebra and buffalo to roan and oribi. There are resident prides of lion, and cheetah frequently hunt on the wide-open plains. Wild dog are occasionally sighted. Hippo come out of their deep-water channels to graze. The birdlife is one of the outstanding attractions for many guests, with Rosy-throated Longclaws, rare Crowned Cranes and other specials found here.
Accommodation, Facilities & Amenities At Busanga Bush Camp
- The Busanga Bush Camp, hidden in a well vegetated tree-island of sycomore fig trees, can accommodate eight guests in four well-appointed tents.
- Thanks to the rising mist off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, guests can experience incredible sunrises and sunsets, with the sun a spectacular pink color, while the floodplains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds; the Plains provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa.
- Electricity and hot water at Busanga Bush Camp are supplied via solar panel and geysers. A small diesel generator provides a back-up source of energy.
EcoTourism & Community Involvement Specifics
Employment opportunities have been the first step in this process; initially in construction as more than 150 casual laborers from remote surrounding villages helped to build the new camp, and then later in the open camps where upwards of 130 men and women are permanently employed in ecotourism positions. With permanent employment has come training and skills development. Rural income is such that those employed in the 5-month construction period earned more than 8 times the annual average income for rural Zambians. Further projects are on the cards with the next major focus being education. Children in the Wilderness (Zambia) hosted its first group of school children in 2007. Busanga Bush Camp, have pioneered the use of innovative energy-saving systems, which are being used as a model to lower the environmental footprint across the entire portfolio of Wilderness Safaris camps in all regions.
Dining At Busanga Bush Camp
- The Busanga Bush Camp lounge and bar area is under canvas with an uninterrupted view out over the plains; breakfast is often served here to take in the view of herds of lechwe and puku feeding.
- A little further back is the dining area, shaded by the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner; most meals are served in the open air.
Activities At Busanga Bush Camp
- Morning, afternoon and night wildlife viewing and game drives.
- Sunset and Sundowners.
- Experience Zambia’s renowned Africa walking safaris in Kafue National Park.
- Ornithological experience.